Emil Krafth has admitted he has “no idea” if he’ll be a Newcastle United player next season, refusing to rule out a potential summer exit.
The 27-year-old has actually started five of our last six games following an injury to Kieran Trippier, however he is one of several who could be moved on in time as we look to gradually improve each area of the squad.
He’s been linked with moves away in two of the last three transfer windows, with clubs in France and Turkey credited with interest in the defender.
His latest interview in Sweden comes just before what proved to be a heartbreaking Tuesday night for the Toon full-back, with his country missing out on a place at this year’s World Cup after a 2-0 defeat to Poland last night.
Speaking to Fotbollskanalen, here’s what the defender had to say when asked if he expects to remain a Newcastle United player this summer:
“No idea actually.
“I focus on being here and now.
“I have a contract with the club and everything else that happens will happen, there is nothing I can influence.
“I have a contract with Newcastle and if something happens this summer, I will have to take it then.”
The much maligned Swede hasn’t actually done much wrong when called upon in recent months, filling in well while Trippier has been out, however he is probably our third choice right-back and someone we’re likely to offload before long.
Krafth was also asked about the human rights concerns connected to our Saudi-backed owners, but insisted that these aren’t matters footballers should be forced to focus on:
“I do not think it’s something that we, football players, focus on.
“We’re more there to play football.
“A lot of bad things happen in many places, just look at Ukraine and Qatar.
“As a player, you just try to think about what you are there to do.”
“I guess they (NUFC’s owners) have not said anything to us.
“You can answer what you want.
“I try to focus on football.
“I do not think players focus on who owns clubs. We’re there to play football and do our thing.”